publication . Doctoral thesis . 2018

Suspended Value : Using Coins as Pendants in Viking-Age Scandinavia (c. AD 800–1140)

Audy, Florent;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
The use of coins as pendants is a common practice in the Scandinavian Viking Age (c. AD 800–1140). About three per cent of the coins circulating in Scandinavia show signs of having been adapted for suspension, either with a small hole or a loop. Modifying coins in this way changes the nature of the object. The pierced and looped coins move from having an economic function to having a display and symbolic function, at least temporarily.  After being long neglected by both archaeologists and numismatists, the reuse of coins as pendants has started to receive attention in recent years. This arises mainly from a desire to approach coins from perspectives other than ...
Subjects
free text keywords: coin-pendants, archaeology, numismatics, Viking-Age Scandinavia, material culture, economy, religion, craftsmanship, Birka, Arkeologi
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